LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Facing its third top-5 opponent on the road this season, the Virginia volleyball team (8-11, 1-8 ACC) fell 15-25, 13-25, 16-25 at No. 2 Louisville (19-0, 9-0 ACC) inside L&N Federal Credit Union Arena Friday night. The Cavaliers were led by freshman middle blocker Abby Tadder, who hit .600 (4-1-5) and added a team-high four blocks, including one solo.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Cardinals took the first, 25-15, after notching 12 kills in the opening set. Tadder led the Cavaliers’ effort, notching three of her four blocks during set No. 1. The turning point came when UVA trailed 6-9 and the Cardinals registered seven unanswered to extend their lead to 10.
- Another run by the Louisville – this one 7-1 – gave the Cardinals a 15-7 lead midway through game No. 2. Louisville closed out the second scoring on six of the last eight points to win it, 13-25. At intermission, Virginia had 15 attacks errors to the Cardinals’ seven.
- Virginia kept it tight midway through the third, but an 8-2 run gave Louisville a 20-12 advantage later in the frame. UVA went on to drop game No. 3, 16-25
- Junior Jayna Francis made her first start of the season in Friday’s match.
- Freshman middle blocker Abby Tadder posted a team-best hitting percentage of .600 (4-1-15) and a team-high four blocks, including one solo.
- On Sunday, the Cavaliers continue their second consecutive road swing as they take on Notre Dame inside Purcell Pavilion at 1 p.m.
- Sunday’s contest is expected to stream on ACCNX.